IIT to be set up in Jammu, not Kashmir; traders aghast

SRINAGAR: President of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mushtaq Ahmad on Wednesday called it discrimination against Kashmir that an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has been approved for Jammu but not for Kashmir.
The Indian cabinet on Wednesday approved the establishing of six new IITs at Tirupati, Palakkad, Dharwar, Bhilai, Goa and Jammu. The institute ISM Dhanbad would be upgraded to an IIT.
There is as yet no IIT in the Kashmir valley.
“It is discrimination. The Indian government should have approved an IIT for the valley, too. If AIIMS was approved for both the regions, why not IIT? It exposes Indian position towards people of the valley,” Ahmad said.